March 31st, 2010
05:07 PM ET

Fox News, LL Cool J release statements on Palin's show

LL Cool J LL Cool J would like to clear a few things up regarding Sarah Palin's use of an old interview from 2008 as part of a promotion for her show on Fox News.

“Contrary to what was reported, LL Cool J was never scheduled to be a guest on 'Real American Stories' with Sarah Palin this week," a representative for the rapper, whose real name is James Todd Smith, said in a statement. "The show had planned to use an interview from 2008 that was being repurposed without LL’s permission.

"This statement is not a reflection of any feelings LL has toward Fox News or Ms. Palin, whom he has never met, rather a clarification of what we have seen published in the media."

Update, 6:38 p.m. :

Fox News has given CNN a statement in response to LL Cool J's comments.

"'Real American Stories' features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith’s interview fit that criteria," a Fox News spokesperson told CNN. "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."

In addition, the spokesperson said, “Fox News did not commit to restrictions on its interview with Mr. Smith so therefore the network did not need his permission to use the interview in this program.”


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  1. mr wes

    Fox News is a racist news station and represents EVERYTHING thats wrong with the United States.

    April 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. val

    Why is Sarah Palin on Fox News?She doesn't know anything, is annoying and gets under my skin with her folksy manner. She is an instigator in getting the public riled up in a very negative and hurtful way. She did it campaigning in 2008 and now with her Tea Party and again trying revive John McCain in his bid for re election.Being Canadian I really take offense when it is suggested we are under control by the government, socialism. Do you know what socialism is?Our health care system takes care of everyone in need of medical attention. If you are a bum on the street to the wealthiest. No one is refused and no one goes broke in the process. We are well taken care!

    April 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kznny

    "fledgling acting career"
    This is why I do not ever listen to Fox News.

    Fact check:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005112/

    Go to IMDB – Internet Movie Database that is his link. Over 200 entries.
    His career on television, music and movies span decades.

    If he is just a "fledging" – then why is he such an inspiration? He wrote the script that Will Smith and many others have followed on how to extend their careers. It is unbelievable that a news agency on any level would stoop this low.

    April 3, 2010 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. eiasdl

    you people have nothing better to do, do you?

    April 2, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. sandra

    leave sarah palin alone...she is better than anything that we have in office by far.

    April 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ALISHA

    FOX HAS SARAH PALIN WTH CNN IS TO ME THE BEST AT WHAT IT DOES WATCH CNN LEAVE FOX ALONE

    April 2, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Proud Member of the I Hate Sarah Club

    Sarah, go away. You aren't making any fans by shoving yourself down our throats!.

    April 2, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. temple east

    Fox new's is nothing more than a bunch of racist idiot's that try to act like they know what they are talking about and they would not know what true news where it you tied them down and made them watch it. I vote put fox off the air or make them a channel with only direct tv or satalite. so us normal smart folk that have better things to do than sit around watching thousands of tv channels want have to see there stupid faces on our tv as we flip channels between two hour break before we leave for our second job of the day.

    April 2, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ann Huntington

    Fledgling acting career? Who's kidding who? In case Fox isn't aware, LL Cool J is a player in the entertainment business. What patronizing tones. This is so Fox. If they don't like what they hear, let's start to smear!!

    April 2, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  10. ROD

    After reading many of the remarks, I think that we are simplying forgeting one major factor. Fox News has a responsibility to contact and notify any talent and/or prior guest on their show, to inform or request their permission to use new or past footage of the individual. As a talent manager, they failed to hold up their end of the bargain as a media outlet. It is really sad to read their response to the entire situation. A simply apology would have been appropriate, but their statements were laced with anger and somewhat of a threat. I truly hope that they contacted the other individuals that they are showcasing on the new Sarah Palin show prior to using and editing their previous interviews to fit her new format

    April 2, 2010 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. joseph cecil smith

    fox news is very rude in response to ll cool j.. sad to see it..

    April 2, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. KCV

    Wow! You better make your reply to Toby Keith just as good Fox! You're like school on Saturday...NO CLASS!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ramon F Herrera

    [john doe:]

    > "fox news is unwatchable"

    I am sure blind folks don't want to listen to them, either.

    :^D

    April 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. john doe

    fox news is unwatchable

    April 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gina

    It always amazes me to hear from Fox News lovers, on how they are the only news channel not part of 'The liberal media". Fox has been caught out right lying and misrepresenting the truth so many times, it's hard to keep track* Source Media Matters, Think Tank, fact checking.
    Murdoch was forced to call his Fox Channel, a "Entertainment" site to the FCC, rather than a News Channel.
    Anyone who ties to insinuate Fox as a genuine newa source, has been drinking the neo con kool aide too long. No worthy programming would send such a petty, nasty comment. O reilly et al...Don't even start on Nutjob Beck, who needs to be in a padded cell; pass their opinions off as fact and attack anyone who isn't narrow minded, or in agreement. I pity people who only get Faux News as a genuine news source....* See the Huteree Militia.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ramon F. Herrera

    [Shanaynay:]
    "I agree that the statement was wrong, but tell me, if CNN or MSNBC had used his interview, words, likeness, etc., would there be an issue?"

    Assuming that CNN ever did something that low (you skipped to mention the humiliating press release that backfired in their faces), it would be a big issue. Huge. Among conservatives and among liberals.

    Thinking people are after all, used to the cheap tactics upon which Faux is fundamentally based.

    We expect more -a lot more- from responsible media like CNN.

    April 1, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lisa

    I can paraphrase Fox's statement in one word, "MEOW"

    April 1, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Ramon F. Herrera

    Let's try to make an educated guess about the thinking of the Faux executives, to peek into their minds...

    (a) A black artists complains – How does Faux react?:

    They crucify him, call him a loser and that's okay, because "Hey, our viewers are tilted towards the racist side, so they will agree with us that we should not have shown a black person to begin with".

    (b) A white artist complains – How does Faux react?

    "Calls to Fox News (by CNN) for comment have not been returned."

    http://tinyurl.com/yc4xk5t

    Faux Executives: "Hey, we cannot try to crucify a white guy, country singer, it will make our audience -which tilts toward the racist side- very pi$$ed".

    April 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  19. malsings07

    Bruce,WA-from Washington it figures I suppose you have never watched CSI or any major motion film LL has been in-what planet are you from?? no, I mean planet!!

    April 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  20. 5winston

    LL is richer than god with royalties, he could probably produce several crap "newz" shows on Fox. My question is, what's the karma-outcome for the p.r. tool that wrote that response?

    April 1, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  21. EmDub

    Fox News may not aim to divide the people of America but I think that's what it does best.

    To call it news though is a stretch. I have a problem with is it touting that it is fair and balanced. I think that even the avid viewer would have to admit that the programming is just fuel to supply an established belief. If I loved the color red and watched the news channel that in every story told me how great red was I would say, well I'm right, red is the best color. They have polls that show that 99.5% of the people that watch their programming think that red is the best color too, so we must be right! Anybody who opposes red is a Nazi, communist or a crazy glue sniffer!

    It's not really a question that the media in general puts on a show and does a good job at wanting us to come back for more so that we can watch and read and make them lots of money with advertising. I accept that but use common sense to sort the facts I'm looking for from the opinions of those who pen the stories. To think every news story is completely correct is naive. Fox News though is pretty direct in its focus. It seems they start with an opinion. Once the opinion is determined they search for a narration that omits any opposition. Once that is in line they use footage, as out of place as it might be, to correlate their story. I must say it does its job well. And those of you that think that Fox News hasn’t directly lied to you numerous times are just blinded by your beliefs. They might speak for your opinion but that’s not really fair and balanced news coverage.

    So now LL Cool J is saying he didn't do this interview for them to use this way and he just wants to let people know he doesn't agree with how it’s being used. That seems OK to me.

    April 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kevin

    I don't even watch fox anymore. They are totally one sided...and to honor him by claiming he is an inspiration, then promptly diss him when he wants no part of the show...shows the true colors of Anti American Fox News

    April 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  23. spinnergirl

    Fox is being childish and obnoxious. LL is, I'm sure, simply devastated by their remarks- ha!

    April 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. sara

    Fox News continues to show their true colors. What jerks.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Nothig4free

    Now I know what Michelle Obama ment when she said that Americans were down mean.. she meant liberals... you just need to read all these comments.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  26. savuti

    hey Jesse. yeah you do know nothing. Correct. What Fox News should have done is approach these people properly by requesting permission to include them, or hey, if its such a stand-up virtuous show, why didn't they ask LL to come on the show and take part? Too slippery? Too sheepish? Clearly, they'd rather soft-bully and continue to divide.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  27. taiwo

    @ Tara, why would you support fox news when they didnt get their facts rights before mentioning "fledging acting"? Do you know for how long he has been acting? maybe you dont. You should go online and search for knowledge before posting a comment. Just like sarah palin, maybe you are not that bright too. I have a question for you, do you think that people in Africa live in trees?

    April 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  28. taiwo

    Because a man refused to ahev his interview to be used for a show, then they want to crucify him. To hell with fox, sarah palin, and others that support them. We all know that fox isnt partial. What is fledging in his career. he has been around for years now. even before sarah palin knew that Africa wasnt a country! he motivates more people that sarah palin, or any other fool. I cant wait too see her and her ego fall one more time.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  29. KATHIE

    FOX News wishes him luck on his "fledgling acting career." ?This "News" station needs to hire factcheckers – he's been acting for 20 yrs! If they can't get a press release right, what are they doing with real news?

    April 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hilton

    fledgling – Fox news S#*KS

    April 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  31. savuti

    Appalling. The Fox news "spokesperson" who said this should be fired for its content alone. Motor mouth.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ramon F. Herrera

    > "Fox new can use it without his permission."

    This is not a matter of a legal permission – Faux could have tried that way, only to humiliate themselves further.

    This is a matter of common courtesy, tact and manners. Being a partisan network (the most accentuated of its kind in civilized countries), with a polarizing and controversial POLITICAL figure such as Mrs. the least Faux must do is to ask for the person's approval.

    From now on, you can rest assured that Faux will ask first, and that is the best evidence that your statement above is wrong.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Nothig4free

    I believe most of you do not understand what you read. Networks sometimes put or not put restrictions on an interview, therefore if his interview did not have any limitations or restrictions, Fox new can use it without his permision. I also dont think most of you understand what fox news is trying to do here which is show Americans they can have hope, and show some examples of people who had overcame adversities and made it for themselves by working hard, they didnt wait for GVMT handouts... get it... no I dont think you will get it.. I personally never heard of LL Cool before either, but he missed out on this one, this is a respected network who broadcasts worldwide...BIG mistake, perhaps other people like me who didnt know you would've gotten to know you and aplaud you too for your hard work! READ PEOPLE, READ.....

    April 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Ramon F. Herrera

    The response of Fox News to an artist who deserves respect was not childish...

    It was irresponsible journalism, terrible PR and insulting.

    It was much worse than a Faux pas.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Ramon F. Herrera

    [Lynda:]

    > "On what do you base your conclusions?"

    Books have been written about the topic. Statistics have been compiled, among others from a group at Harvard:

    http://tinyurl.com/ydczvj9

    There is no comparable book or study against CNN, which happens to be the most viewed -and respected- news channel in the planet.

    (no, I don't have the honor of working for CNN)

    April 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mother against Palin

    WOW – very snide remark from Fox. Shame on you Fox, although I must admit biggershame on Palin!!!! Please send her back to the sticks of Alaska, I've had about enough of her and her lies.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jem0276

    Fox News is a Merkin.......look it up.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Ramon F. Herrera

    [Linda wrote:]
    > Gee...could it be that Fox is actually more accurate?

    Linda,

    Do this as a test: write something nasty against CNN and post it here.

    Then, write something remotely inconvenient (just the word "Faux" will probably do) and post it in the Fox News site.

    The post in CNN will be promptly approved, the one in Faux Noise will never see the light.

    I have seen and experimented myself dozens of times.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  39. MJ

    I like Fox but I thought their "response" was kind of childish. Why not simply ask him for permission before the show aired? He probably would have said yes. Throwing the "fledgling" dig in there was very unprofessional for an official response from corporation of that stature. This wasn't O'Reilly or Hannity commenting–this was the "official" response. Dumb.....

    April 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Maryland Mike

    I think the funniest thing about it... is that LL Cool J never said anything negative about the FOX News show. He just said their ad was misleading, because he did not sit and do an interview for "that show". And FOX News felt the need to come back with negativity and insult him and his career! Really... are you serious?! Isn't that what elementary school bullies do, when someone tries to point out when they are wrong? Hmmmm.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Momof1

    Fledging? Fox is a bunch idiots! LL is on CSI and makes more money than the spokesperson for FOX! Now that's an inspiration and a fact!!

    April 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Ramon F. Herrera

    LL Cool lost his idem.

    Good for him!

    April 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Lynda

    Chris in PA – EVERY NEWS MEDIA ...repeat..EVERY NEWS MEDIA uses stock film clips to enhance their stories. Sometimes the film is not even remotely associated with the news story. This has ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE. Geez! Wake up and smell the coffee! That is, unless your olfactory nerves haven't been permanently destroyed from too much "sniffing".

    April 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Lynda

    You know what is so incredibly funny to me? How you people constantly spew about how "biased" or just plain "wrong" Fox News is. Please tell. On what do you base your conclusions? I seems to be based on nothing more than the fact that Fox's "facts" don't match those of the more liberal media. Gee...could it be that Fox is actually more accurate? Naw!!! That's not possible!!! (is it???).

    April 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Chris in PA

    I get a feeling Palin was involved in producing her 'special'. She had to attend 5 colleges to get a degree and obviously didn't learn how to put together a television program!

    April 1, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Lucy

    Hey Shanaynay,

    Sorry to point out the obvious too, but whatever you may think of the "liberal media", the FACT is Fox has been caught several times also doctering their stories with older footage. Tea party or the birthers was from a different time period the (the trees in the background didn't match the current season), old mccain footage from 2000 campaign was used THIS past election cycle, and now this! And this is where someone is to get REAL news.

    I don't see how they have one ounce of cred! There comes a time when you have to ask yourself why are they trying SO hard to scew their stories?? Put aside your liberal hate and think about it.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  47. christine

    Hello, I think LL Cool J will be MORE inspirational to others if he is NOT associated with wacko Fox "News", whose objectivity in all matters newsworthy is highly questionable!

    Hmmm, maybe this was an April Fools Day joke?

    April 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  48. dan

    Why does Fox call themselves Fox News? I always expect NEWS to be factual and without opinion. They seem to have a problem with reporting opinion over fact.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Cindy

    and now Toby Keith is saying he was unaware that his 2009 interview with SOMEONE else was going to be used ... apparently nobody wants to be interviewed by or associated with Palin ... that should speak volumes.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Cindy

    I find it entertaining that they chose the word "fledgling" ... his acting career has been around longer then we've known who this heifer was. Add in his music career and it puts her to shame.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  51. JAM3Z

    I agree with Cindy. Fox's response was absolutely childish.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  52. BlowKilla

    Hit back LL!!! Don't let Fox diss you like that.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. gary123

    Fox's response is so unprofessional, so rude and so unwarranted that i almost can't believe it (I hope CNN is right on this). But then again, this is the same network that found it tasteful to refer to the first lady as Barack Obama's "Baby Momma"; the same network that conducted one of the most disgraceful interviews of a sitting President (i.e. the Bret Baier interview). I typically don't fuss to much over Fox. I watch the shows i like, I turn the channel when the hate mongering begins. But this and other incidents is enough for me to boycott the channel altogether.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Head Diva In Charge

    Fox News obviously doesn't understand that LL is a pioneer in rap and therefore doesn't get "hurt feelings" when they bust his acting career. I knew they were reaching....but c'mon.
    Good for you LL for sticking up for yourself & beliefs. I myself would be horrified if people thought I was on the Palin wagon!

    April 1, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Debbie

    "wish him the best with his fledgling acting career".

    What a joke, this is a very talented man in many aspects and all Fox News can do is come back like a bunch of 2 year olds and degrade or try to degrade someone. All because he didn't want to be associated with this program.

    If it is a good program so be it, but not everyone wants to be associated with everything he should have been asked if he wanted to be a part of the program. GROW UP FOX. People are sick to death of the view if you don't think like I do then you are wrong this country isn't a dictatorship!!!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  56. May

    That was funny. They want to make us think that Palin talks to black people. hahahah

    April 1, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  57. jacqueline benjamin

    I wonder about Sarah Palin, I thought when you are doing a series like that you will go out there and get your own interviews, didn't know that you are allowed to take someones else. Is she getting paid for someones work. Is not that that plagiarism????? Someone please tell me if I am wrong. What a way to make money under faults pretenses.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  58. Wes

    @Tim>>>She served the State of Alaska to the best of her ability >>She quit remember? How is that serving? She quit her post.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  59. J Martin

    FOX NEWS AND SARAH PALIN DESERVE EACH OTHER

    April 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  60. amazed as always

    his career has been around a long time – goes to show – she knows nothing – never did never will. The people who 'run' her know nothing – never have never will. They live on mis-information. They have attacked this wonderful person because he did not agree with her, allow her to mis-represent him and use his name in an underhanded way. Nice!!!! Some one needs to stop this crazy A** wench from making all Americans look like total idiots. Shut her up.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  61. schrader

    OMG FOX's response was inappropriate and insulting. It sounded like something from TMZ.com. I don't get why it's called a news channel.

    April 1, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  62. Judy

    I would not watch FOX for anything. That just goes to show you how how deceitful they are and they can have Palin and that irritating voice of hers. Two peas in a pod! I hope Sarah opens her big mouth and both Fox and her gets sued. yuck!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  63. Ryan

    No matter how controversial it is, it honestly does look pretty interesting. I'm surely looking forward to watching it.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  64. scdallas

    "Fox News" should be changed to "Fox Entertainment". Recycling an interview from 2008 to promote a new show? Hilarious!

    And their comments explaining the reason for pulling the article are in very poor taste. They need to apologize for their sarcasm, it's completely unnecessary.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  65. Jeepers

    Ladies do Love him. I don't blame him for not wanting anything to do with Fox News...or Sarah Palin. Is it a surprise that they have to try to dig around for old interviews that they think they can legally get away with showing? Fox bashes celebrities and people who think differently than they do, which is most of Hollywood.

    April 1, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  66. Kirk Loe

    I now know where all the idiots I hated in high school went to work. Fox News. Seriously, is there anyone there at FOX with the slightest amount of decorum?

    @ Tim. No there is no innate natural law that makes conservatives into idiots. Most conservatives are not like Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a woman of mediocre intelligence who was thrust onto the scene by a miscalculated strategy of the McCain campaign. If I were a conservative I would be on the band wagon to get Sarah Palin off the national stage. She's an embarrassment to us all....truly a pig with lipstick.

    April 1, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  67. hemnebob

    •••a Fox News spokesperson told CNN. "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career."•••

    are you kidding me?
    whomever gave that response is certainly not living in the present as LL COOL J has always had a career both musically and acting. what it does say is that whomever gave the response is hardly a professional nor mature enough to be speakin to the public for the fox new network.

    they should fire him immediately.

    LL COOL J is just now showing us his acting abilities and i love them.
    here are his credits for acting:
    THE DEAL
    SLOW BURN
    EDISON
    LAST HOLIDAY
    MINDHUNTERS
    S.W.A.T.
    DELIVER US FROM EVA
    CHARLIE'S ANGELS
    ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

    April 1, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  68. Tim

    The comment by FOX was ridiculous, but that has nothing to do with Sarah Palin. What did she do in all of this that was so horrible? Is there some inate natural law that states if you're a conservative in America, you're an uneducated idiot?

    Regardless of your personal feelings towards conservatives, Sarah Palin is intelligent and has a genuine concern for this nation.

    She's not evil; she's not a toothless hillbilly. She served the State of Alaska to the best of her ability and it isn't doing so bad. Alaska is growing while a lot of other states aren't.

    A lot of people on this page need to grow up and take a long look in the mirror.

    April 1, 2010 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jane

    yeh, I AGREE, ON msnbc Maddow and Ohlberman are slanted but they are educated. BECK AND HANNITY barely made it thru high school. and I have heard no lies coming from Maddow or Ohlberman. they are liberals, but you don't hear talk of birthers and kenya or death panels, as if its a legitimate talking post. FOX NEWS COMMENTATORS spread down and out lies as if its the truth. Too bad folks believe them too. I do watch fox when I need a good laugh. CNN has the best reporters around, they are the first at a scene of a disaster, like haiti and katrina. You can't beat folks like fareed zacharia, anderson cooper and sanjay gupta for REAL NEWS. Jane.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  70. Charles Brooks

    Typical FOX behavior. They are the worst not to mention the lowest of the low. How dare you speak on one's acting career when two of your actors ( Hannity and Bill O ) are the biggest puppets there ever could be. People are not as dumb as you think they are FOX news. We catch the subtle remarks on how you try and brain wash people to further induce and spew your venom on the public.

    FOX news is purely and simply pathetic.

    April 1, 2010 at 7:04 am | Report abuse |
  71. cxd

    Good luck finding an African American for your show Sarah. Shoot for Richard Steele, you'll have a better chance......

    April 1, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  72. Patrick Solorzano Tucson

    That is just so rediculous and childish that Fox, a so called "professional" media, would sink so low to throw a cheap shot at Mr. Smith of "fledgling acting career". Maybe they should focus more on the "fledgling acting republican party" they represent and talk about real solutions to help fix our nation. FOX is as pathetic as the party they represent. Every time FOX says something stupid, it just reminds me of why I am not republican anymore.

    April 1, 2010 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  73. judy

    I think fox should dig up the video of Palin in the hellicoper shooting and killing the animals on the ground, for inspriation.Hunt if you have to but dont be so cruel, be on the ground,Sadam used hellicopers on his people after desert storm.Cruel no matter how you dice it up just cruel.And shes hired for inspiration.Fox is about the cash .Shes a prop.but at least shes learning.

    April 1, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  74. tete

    @JMF.....(Fledgling) meaning inexperienced person. So basicly Fox is saying LL have no experience in acting, Which is far from the truth, Im not a big fan of LL but I do no that he has been around since i was a little kid. Im 33 now

    April 1, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  75. tete

    Ive never heard or seen Fox say anything good about any body but the Republicans. but now i get it....its a republican tv network. Right?

    April 1, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  76. jmf

    fledgling?

    April 1, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  77. tete

    You are right Jose B. If I was Palin there would be no way in hell that i would work for the same company that would make fun of my Downs Syndrom Child. But hey money speaks louder!

    April 1, 2010 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  78. tete

    Great comment Charmaine!!!

    April 1, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
  79. Jose B

    And yes, there should be an "e" after "Syndrom"

    April 1, 2010 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  80. Jose B

    Funniest moment in Fox history : Family Guy, a Fox show, offhandedly references Palin's Downs Syndrom afflicted child, and Palin slams Family Guy, AFTER HAVING ACCEPTED HER POSITION AT FOX. She is literally taking money from the same people who paid the writers of that episode, and yet she still feels she can get up on the moral soapbox. You'd have to be crazy to not realize she has no morals or values whatsoever, other than self-promotion.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:55 am | Report abuse |
  81. Deborah Lee

    I just find it weird that Fox is digging through old bins to put on a new show and they really sound like they are grasping at straws when they insult LL Cool J. Isn't he a currently employed actor on another show -and extremely talented to boot? What is fledgling about that? Sounds like sour grapes to me. It would probably be best to double check with subjects before using their tapes on air . Much better than having to apologize later like the incident where Fox used footage from some other event for the Tea Party "march" on D.C report. It must really be a bummer to keep on messing up and having to make a subsequent statements, apologies and corrections all the time. After all these instances why would anyone trust anything on that network? Well, except American Idol-I do love that show. As for Ms. Palin being hired by Fox – I wonder if they have bitten off more than they can chew.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  82. Ruth

    LOL Rob....it was probably because she is so short on political knowledge that there was actually nothing to tape......

    April 1, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  83. Rob

    I tried to Tivo Palin's special but halfway through it my Tivo quit... or maybe it was just her.

    April 1, 2010 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  84. ThaCrownd1

    @Genevieve...If I can answer your question: The perception of African Americans not wanting to be associated with Fox News is the result of this their statement towards LL Cool J. James (his real name) is a rap legend who transcended decades. I'm 31 and he's been rapping since I was little. And with great success. From sitcoms to movies, workout books, etc. The fact that Fox would make a derogatory statement about his career can be looked at as Fox being out-of-touch with the AA community. I can't generalize, but when inaccurate statements are made from what is looked at as a legitimate news corporation, one can only wonder the validity of their involvement with our community. I'm not saying this individual incident is cause to believe Fox has no dealings with the AA, but I've never seen them in my area. I have seen CNN though. I favor neither, but for trust sake, CNN is the obvious candidate. Hope this helps.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  85. Dianne

    Fox is also in the same boat with Toby Keith. They are trying to pass of an earlier interview as one done by Palin for her show. I saw and heard this on MSNBC tonight. They also read the letter from Fox on the air. What gets me is that the people that watch this prgram tomorrow won't know the difference. Trying to get a Fox-a-holic to watch any other news programming is futile...they absolutely refuse to watch or listen to anyone else except Fox and Rush. On the other hand, my experience is that most Democrats, progressives, liberals are more open to listening to other opinions and are more informed. I used to watch Fox...loved Alan Combs and Greta was okay. I still watch them occasionally just to see what lies they are spewing today. Love Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann...at least with them they give their sources and are not afraid to apologize if they do make an error. The Ed Show and Chris Matthews are also favorites...give them a listen...you may be surprised what you might find out.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  86. Jose B

    Shanaynay, your comments prove that you are far more immature than most of the adults who are commenting on this story. I just stated my opinion as well. And no one has asked you to apologize. You're just blindly defending Fox and belittling all other sources of news, which, honestly, as a college-educated professional, is just completely mind-boggling to me. Do some research, please, for the love of god. Talk to somebody with a Masters or PhD in Journalism. Here is ONE instance out of thousands where Fox intentionally manipulated information to mislead You, the audience:

    http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/200911100063

    April 1, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  87. Kristin

    "I have come to the conclusion that the people on this board are very young. I just stated my opinion. Isn't that the American way? I am sorry. I think you have all had the kool aid."

    @Shanaynay~Alright, first, you have been asked multiple times to point out times when the "liberal media" has flat out lied. Cause we can all point out times when Fox news has lied. Or omitted a story because it wasn't with their bias of the way things are. If you need help with that, just check out the daily show...John points it out just about every time they do it. At least the other organizations show what happened. The Tea Parties get airtime on CNN and Huffpost. Now, my question to you is, since you tell all of us to read another opinion, do you? Do you read/watch anything other than Fox news? Obviously you look at CNN, but feel it's liberal and therefore untrue, at least that's what I've gotten out of your statements.

    And second, I'm a post-graduate adult who feels that when people have nothing left to say, or know that they have been caught, they take to calling people names and telling them they're crazy. And wasn't it you who just a few lines above told someone their elitism was showing? Name calling is for the playground, not intelligent discourse, which is what we are trying to have.

    LL Cool J said that the interview was used without his knowledge. Rather than fess up to the problem, Fox chose to go after him. He didn't denigrate Fox at all, he was just surprise, and rightfully so. And they responded like 5 yos. That is people's problem, and the problem with Fox in general. If you do something they don't like, then you are on their watch list, and they will attempt to metaphorically crucify you. And some of us have a problem with that.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  88. KC

    This isn't about Fox or CNN or Sarah Palin. It is about someone who, for WHATEVER reason, does not want to be affiliated with a program. He didn't say that he refused to allow them to use the footage, he just said that he did not expressly grant permission for that specific purpose and that he did not knowingly appear on that specific show.

    This is his image. People (famous and not) pay tons of money and go to court all the time to control their image. Why this man attempting to do the same is a problem is beyond me.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  89. Clark

    Must be hard for Republicans to find willing black people other than Michael Steele to do their puppet shows.

    April 1, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  90. Ruth

    To Shanaynay....This is so typical of Republicans in general. You believe that FOX is speaking the truth and all other media is "liberal slanted." FOX does all it can to promote fear and misunderstanding. Beck and Hannity are the biggest fear mongers that roam this planet. You are NOT getting the truth, you are getting their version of how the sky is falling. They are ordinary people with an opinion. They don't have any more inside information than you or I. I want the truth, not someone's "version" of it. It's really sad that YOU think none of us are getting the "facts" when, in reality, it's you getting hosed by the smoke and mirrors that FOX dreams up. The letter they wrote just shows their complete and utter ignorance, as usual.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Shanaynay

    I have come to the conclusion that the people on this board are very young. I just stated my opinion. Isn't that the American way? I am sorry. I think you have all had the kool aid.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  92. pmg

    Fox news strikes again. Keep up the good work on NCIS LA cool J.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Jose B

    ANYONE who thinks that Fox news is even in the same ballpark as actual journalism is obviously completely oblivious. I've watched Fox, CNN, and MSNBC for years, and while they all have their biases, Fox is the most disingenuous, ignorant, hate-filled, and opportunistic of them all. It has nothing to do with news. Nothing. At all. EVER. Shanaynay, go drink some Kool-Aid.

    March 31, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Alicia

    Along with the other thinly veiled insults to LL Cool J, Fox's statement that they wish him well in his "fledgling acting career" is misinformed and clearly evidences the organization’s complete lack of professionalism and class.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  95. SteveF

    Right On Charmaine! Well Said!!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Charmaine

    FOX News has once again shown America who they are and How they respond to adversity.
    The words used in their response are enough to continually keep me reminded as to why I Never plan to watch them again.
    Everyone knows the Real Deal, whether they admit to it or not.
    FOX reports are extremely one sided and are ALL for the Rich becoming Richer & the Poor becoming Poorer.
    I stopped listening when they covered Haiti a while back saying something to the effect (O'Reily) of why help these Haitians when they will only be in a worse situation in a few months due to America's help.
    Thank Goodness people over looked the negative comment.
    Well Done LL ! !

    March 31, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  97. SteveF

    I would say FOX is anti minority

    March 31, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  98. SteveF

    @ Shay

    Sorry i have watched fox for years. i had to leave to help my blood pressure. VERY racist.

    As a rule i get my facts from multiple sources. That the beauty of a connected world. I challange you SHay to point out 2 times Keith or Rachel have flat out lied. The n i will post page after page of FOX lies or slants. That i have verifed through other sources. I mean DIRECT LIES.
    Im trowing down the gauntlet......please do tell.... Enough opinon Shay...im calling....show your hand.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  99. SteveF

    Bill O is a big lier. Not neutral at all. Keith and Rachel....you are right but at least i have never caught them in a lie. Not once. Bill O ,,,multiple times. and MAN when hes not lying hes stretching the truth or lying by omission

    March 31, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Shanaynay

    I have watched MSNBC and all they do is slant to their advantage. Hannity, yes he is a conservative, but what are Maddow and Olberman? O'Reilly is neutral. Really. Actually watch the channel before making a comment, okay? There is no way anyone can call FOXNEWS racist. That has been perpetuated in the liberally slanted media. I am not trying to be an ass, but really I have been schooled by Liberal Democrats my whole life. I am just stating my opinion. To think that MSNBC is giving you "facts" makes me sad. Branch out. Think for yourself.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  101. SteveF

    @ elle jay.
    right on! right on!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  102. SteveF

    @ kyle.

    right on!

    March 31, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. SteveF

    @ Shanaynay

    Are you serious?! Really?!! Fox news is a joke. Hannity, fair and balanced? Honest? Bill O?!? Ive been hear a long time and while i agree they are WAY different from MSNBC at least MSNBC's reporting is about facts and not opinion. And Lady....Fox is about as racist as it gets.
    Id be willing to bet that you are wealthy or have a wealthy husband because only people with money can afford to be as in the clouds and clueless as you seem to be.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  104. ella jay

    so, you don't actually have a coherent, point-by-point response to my questions? it's okay, altho if you hadn't quoted me, i wouldn't have known you were talking to me. peace.

    March 31, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Justin

    hahhahahaha WOW Fox, get out of the 8th grade, mature pants

    March 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  106. kyle

    I have to admit, the real thing to take away from this is not LL cool J or Sarah Palin, but The network's umprofessional statement about LL Cool J's acting. That was just in bad taste. Esp. since he is on a top show... Shame on you Fox News!!

    March 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Shanaynay

    Sorry, have you not been too long on this earth? I used to think that way, but then I grew up. I do not agree with the statement they put out, I think it is uncharacteristic of them. I am sorry you have to resort to name calling. Poor troll? That is in bad taste. Shill for Foxnews, not at all. Your statements are disturbing and I am sorry but, really? Oh and BTW, your elitism is showing.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  108. ella jay

    @Jesse
    if there was some person in public life who you absolutely could not stand and did not respect and did not wish to be associated with in any way, what would you do if that person you detest took an interview of yours and decided to air it on her program, or "repurpose" it as it was phrased? for example, you sound like a conservative, so what if say Howard Stern wanted to use an interview with you, or maybe Nancy Pelosi? would you let them do that or would you say "i don't like you, i don't like your ideas, i don't want to be associated with you"?

    i know which i'd do; if you are honest i'd think you'd admit the same.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  109. ella jay

    you are actually just a shill for fox news, aren't you?
    or maybe you are a poor troll.
    the point that people are bothering about is *how* fox agreed not to air the interview: by a petty insulting and bitter announcement. like, we legally *could* have used it, but since you don't like us, we won't use it and you can't help other people like we were going to allow you to do without your permission!.

    yes, if any other news outlet had tried to use someone's interview without permission, i would expect that person to get bothered, particularly if it was purporting to connect that person to something they don't agree with. of course, fox points out they legally could have used it, so any of those other news outlets, had they the same legal agreement regarding the interview, could have chosen to use the interview.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  110. ella jay

    @shanaynay " March 31st, 2010 9:08 pm ET

    I really wonder if people who denounce FOXNEWS have ever really watched it. The claim of racism is a joke and an ignorant statement. If more people bothered to turn the channel to FOX, they would realize they were getting unbiased actual information the other networks won't show. People do not do their research and make assumptions. That to me is unjust."

    i have watched fox news so that i can be informed about the other side. they get their facts wrong. they are pompous. they are in fact racist, and ... man, i could go on and on, but i'm in too good a mood to start thinking about them. fox news is not quality news. they don't have good information, they put a very strong conservative slant on their "news" so that it isn't really news reporting, it is their opinion which they put forth to try to convince and shock their minions.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Shanaynay

    I agree that the statement was wrong, but tell me, if CNN or MSNBC had used his interview, words, likeness, etc., would there be an issue?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  112. betty

    I just don't understand her, just don't pay her any mind

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  113. ella jay

    oh dear lord, those fox comics just crack me the heck up.
    that statement to me completely distills conservatives' approach to those who disagree: belittling, sarcastic, snide and bitter. if fox news was a woman, it would be Vicki from Real Housewives of Orange County :)

    March 31, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  114. djephe

    Fox doesn't need to do its homework. They're trying to disrespect him.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Shanaynay

    Jesse you are right. I just think that if you only listen to one side and do not make an effort to take in another point of view, than what is the value of your opinion?

    March 31, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Shanaynay

    I really wonder if people who denounce FOXNEWS have ever really watched it. The claim of racism is a joke and an ignorant statement. If more people bothered to turn the channel to FOX, they would realize they were getting unbiased actual information the other networks won't show. People do not do their research and make assumptions. That to me is unjust.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jesse

    We are so divided. One end we have the " I am angry at everything, Know about nothing " and in the other we have " Very Well Informed People" What are you guys talking about, this would have been a show about inspirational stories-just cause the name Sarah Palin is attached to it everyone jumps on it. It's like saying, Julia Roberts should not be interviewed by Barbara Walters since she does well on her own career. I mean, Really? I think we should be diplomatic, oops sorry forgot you guys do not know what that means. Wrong crowd.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Frank, Athens, OH

    > as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others

    That's an incredibly slimy way of saying it. The guy didn't want to be part of their ad campaign.

    March 31, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  119. QDL

    FOX News is so pathetic.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Bruce, WA

    Just as I thought. Another whining lib looking for some free press to shore up a failing career. Good luck to you LL Whatever.....

    March 31, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Genevieve

    For heaven's sake, Fox couldn't sound more juvenile if they tried!

    @Kimberly Clark, it doesn't take being black to know why people of color might not want to be associated with Fox news. I'm white, and it's pretty obvious to me. There are too many reasons to list, but how about just for starters that Fox news commentators frequently rant that the concept of social justice is a code phrase for anti-American, totalitarian Marxism, thereby denigrating and insulting a fundamental Christian value of a majority of African-American churches.

    It's not just people of color, though, who don't want to be associated with Fox news, it's really 99% of progressives, liberals, and Democrats–and that means not only most black Americans, but also tens of millions of whites (like me).

    March 31, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Mama Grimm

    Sounds like Fox got their little panties in a twist on this one. "...fledgling acting career." Check IMDB Fox, he's been acting for quite some time now. Also, in case he needs a fall back, I hear he's done some stuff with music too. Why didn't the Fox spokesperson just say if LL Cool J "...does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others..." then we'll just take our ball and go home. That's pretty much the tone of their comment. Silly.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Anne Gallagher

    What has Fox News become? I can't believe that even they would stoop to such a low. intercutting old footage into a new program? Really? What are they Mystery Science Theatre 3000? LL Cool J was right to denounce it.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Laura

    Fox network always has a answer. LL Cool J is a great person and doesn't need a old interview to tell us. Sarah Palin is only at Fox for the money.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Dee

    Did LL not know better than to do anything with that cable station?
    I wonder if the FOX anchors can hear or do the rest of us need to get our hearing checked? I don't think we hear the same things.
    Sister Sarah can inteview the successful Tea Party people on April Fool's Day. That is when the show is running.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  126. MIKE4EVER

    For one thing, LL Cool J do not need any help from fox news. He knows how to handle his acting career as well as anything he puts his mind to. LL Cool J is one smart Guy.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Shanaynay

    Actually, that statement seems off as the network is more newsworthy and though maybe leaning to the right, is where I would get real news. CNN, liberal leaning but not as bad as MSNBC. That network is a joke.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Kimberly Clark

    I guess ex-Gov. Palin wanted to include an African American on special, but apparently couldn't find one so she dug up an old interview that has nothing to do with her. The question is: Why don't people of color not want to be associated with Fox News? I'm white so I can't answer that question but would love to hear what others think.

    March 31, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  129. PERSIACAN

    Well said Cindy Howard!

    March 31, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Mookanonymous

    "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others" <-–LL inspires a TON of people without Fox News taking his interview out of context on some show that would have hurt his phenomenal acting career. Also way to throw in a cheap shot that is completely out of line and completely unfounded Fox. That is why I read CNN every day, they don't make childish statements like that. CNN sticks to the news.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Tara

    @ Erick – learn to spell... and to everyone else.. get over yourselves.. I love Fox News and CNN reports great news too...

    March 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Kate, Massachusetts

    Fox's response is laughable.

    Even their "inspirational show" leads to them acting like a bunch of idiots. It doesn't look like LL Cool J said he didn't want to be an inspiration and to imply otherwise is being flat-out misleading.

    And "fledgling acting career?" ... yeah, if you just fell out of the cave you've been living in.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Cindy Howard

    The response from Fox News displays such childishness it is incredible. Mr. Smith wanted to clear up some things he felt Fox was misrepresenting, so they respond with implying this his statements meant he was not interested in being an inspiration to others and insulting his acting career. Real professional, Fox. If you want to be considered a news channel you need to start acting like one.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Ozzi

    Idiots. LL Cool J has been acting since the 1990s. Yeesh. Do your homework Fox.

    March 31, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  135. toomanythngs

    "wish him the best" from Fox News; watch your back LL!

    March 31, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Erick

    Fox News should fires Sarah Palin!

    March 31, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |

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